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Don't Torture a Duckling (1972)

Non si sevizia un paperino (original title)
A reporter and a promiscuous young woman try to solve a series of child killings in a remote southern Italian town rife with superstition and a distrust of outsiders.

Director:

Lucio Fulci

Writers:

Lucio Fulci (story), Roberto Gianviti (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Florinda Bolkan ... Maciara
Barbara Bouchet ... Patrizia
Tomas Milian ... Andrea Martelli
Irene Papas ... Dona Aurelia Avallone
Marc Porel ... Don Alberto Avallone
Georges Wilson ... Francesco (as George Wilson)
Antonello Campodifiori Antonello Campodifiori ... Lieutenant
Ugo D'Alessio Ugo D'Alessio ... Captain Modesti
Virgilio Gazzolo Virgilio Gazzolo ... Police Commissioner (as Virginio Gazzolo)
Vito Passeri Vito Passeri ... Barra
Rosalia Maggio Rosalia Maggio ... Mrs. Spriano - Michele's Mother
Andrea Aureli ... Mr. Lo Cascio - Bruno's Father
Linda Sini Linda Sini ... Mrs. Lo Cascio - Bruno's Mother
Franco Balducci Franco Balducci ... Mr. Spriano - Michele's Father
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Storyline

In the backward village of Accendura, the boy Bruno Lo Casio goes missing and the police inspector and the local commissioner and the village Captain Modesti investigate the case. When his father receives the request of a ransom, the police arrest the local Giuseppe and realize that he is innocent. Then the boys Michele and Tonino are also murdered and the police suspect of the local witch Maciara, who practices black magic, might be the killer but they find she is also innocent. However the superstitious and ignorant locals brutally kill her. Meanwhile that village is crowded of journalist, including the experienced Andrea Martelli (Tomas Milian) from Rome. He befriends Patrizi, a daughter of a wealthy entrepreneur that is living in the village after a drug scandal. They meet the village priest Don Alberto Avallone, who has a group of boys that plays soccer at the church and is the son of the weird Dona Aurelia Avallone that raises her slow six year-old daughter. They believe the ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

A classic tale of the perverse from director Lucio Fulci.


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

29 September 1972 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Torture a Duckling See more »

Filming Locations:

Matera, Basilicata, Italy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Medusa Distribuzione See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Because of the film's controversial storyline, which criticized the Catholic Church, the movie was blacklisted and received a limited theatrical run throughout Europe and was never released in theaters in the United States. In 2000, Anchor Bay secured the rights and released the film for the first time in the United States on DVD. See more »

Goofs

At one point during the fight scene near the end, a crew member's shadow can briefly be seen on the ground. See more »

Quotes

Patrizia: Which would you prefer, a kiss or money?
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Composed by Luis Bacalov
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And Now for Something Completely Different
22 September 2000 | by jeffy-3See all my reviews

I didn't know what to expect when I rented this widescreen DVD. I knew it had a cult following but I had also seen a lot of the director's later works which although delightfully gory were also pretty much incoherent. DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING actually had a linear storyline and a mystery that kept me guessing almost until the end. And after all was said and done, it was a genuinely unsettling and creepy experience. One major caveat: I would much rather have heard the original soundtrack and read English subtitles than the uneven dubbing found here.


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